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RIT exhibit showcases NBA champion Rochester Royals

An exhibit chronicling the professional basketball team from Rochester that won the NBA title in 1951 opened Tuesday in the Wallace Center at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Rochester Royals played in Rochester from 1945 to 1957. The team included future hall of famers Arnie Risen, Al Cervi, Bob Davies, Red Holzman, Maurice Stokes, Jack Twyman and Bobby Wanzer.

“This spring marks the 65th anniversary of the Rochester Royals’ NBA title. It seemed the perfect occasion to reflect on the history and legacy of the Royals and their owner Les Harrison,” said Rebecca Edwards, chairman of RIT’s history department and a curator for the exhibit with Associate Professor Juilee Decker and Visiting Assistant Professor Michael Brown.

The exhibit, “When Rochester was Royal: Professional Basketball in Rochester 1945-1957,” includes the team’s history through photographs of players and archival material, such as the bill of sale that gave the Royals their new home in Cincinnati and programs from several games played at Edgerton Park Sports Arena.

The exhibition, which runs through April 22, will be supported by the creation of digital ancillaries by museum studies students at RIT.

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